The choice for protection
Life can be unpredictable. Everyone is concerned about the safety of homes and families. Unforeseen weather can cause havoc for homeowners. Today’s auto and air traffic mean that the world is an increasingly noisy place.
So taking practical steps to protect your interests is smart. Laminated glass products from Cardinal LG Company can help, offering a level of security and serenity that can’t be realized with ordinary glass.
Safety, security and serenity
Ordinary annealed glass breaks easily. Tempered glass, while stronger, shatters under a greater impact. But laminated glass is different. If laminated glass is broken, the vinyl interlayer remains in the frame, with glass fragments adhering to the interlayer. This provides a strong barrier against forced entry and cannot be cut from one side only, which renders glasscutters useless.
Cardinal’s laminated glass meets rigorous industry codes, including the American Society of Testing Materials standard for preventing forced entry (ASTM F1233) and the burglary resistant guidelines issued by Underwriters Laboratories (UL972). Our laminated glass is customized to meet the requirements of any security application, providing the best options available.
Planes, trains and automobiles
The world gets noisier every day. Laminated glass is an effective way to reduce unwanted outside noise. This is especially useful in areas near airports, industry, traffic, or wherever unpleasant sounds exist.
The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) developed the sound transmission class rating (STC) to describe the sound isolation performance of materials. A higher STC rating indicates a greater sound dampening effect.
Laminated glass increases the STC rating of a window, diminishing unwanted outside noises. When combined with an IG unit, the acoustical benefits to your windows increase – and a double-laminated IG unit provides maximum sound protection.
Protect your home from fading
Fabric, furniture and other materials fade and become discolored over time when portions of the solar energy spectrum enter a room. The potential fading reduction of solar energy through glass can be determined by a measurement called Damage Weighted Transmission (Tdw).
Single pane clear glass, with a Tdw of 0.84, allows most of the UV and visible energy to come through into the room, offering very little protection. On the other hand, laminated glass can block over 95% of the UV energy while allowing most of the visible light through. The composite performance is a Tdw of 0.66 – twice the fade protection of ordinary glass, all without affecting the growth of your plants.
Resists intense impact
During windstorms and hurricanes, windborne debris is common, and following impact, windows may be subjected to sustained, gusting winds. Sea-Storm® laminated glass is crafted to offer a high level of impact resistance and remain integral in the window envelope even after glass breakage.
Please see the Sea-Storm product page for more information on hurricane-rated laminated glass.
Flexible design choices
Design options with laminated glass
- Low-E coatings
- Tinting options
- Monolithic or insulating glass
- Low-maintenance exterior coatings
- Custom shapes and sizes
- Very short lead and delivery times for window manufacturers
How to get windows with laminated glass
Many window manufacturers provide laminated glass in their configurations. Please contact your window supplier, builder or architect on how to obtain Cardinal’s laminated glass in your next window purchase.